Orchestras

  • Queensland Youth Symphony

     The Queensland Youth Symphony is widely recognised as a world-class youth orchestra and is the leading ensemble of Queensland Youth Orchestras.  QYS performs an annual concert series with a focus on works from the late 19th and 20th centuries and by contemporary Australian composers. Throughout its 50-year history, QYS has toured and performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally in twelve overseas tours. Past members of QYS are active in Australia and abroad as soloists, teachers, chamber musicians and members of major symphony orchestras. In December 2017, QYS is touring to China and Germany.

    QYS INFORMATION
    • 100-member symphony orchestra
    • Standard professional orchestral repertoire
    • Conductor: John Curro AM MBE (since 1966)
    • Rehearsals: Saturday 9.00am-12.45pm at the Old Museum Building (some Sunday mornings if required)
    • Sectional tutorials: one weekend per concert plus more if required by section leaders or tutors

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Min. AMEB Grade 8 (guide only)  
    • Flute & clarinet min. AMEB AMusA (guide only)
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 25 years

    INSTRUMENTS
    • Violin 1 (16), violin 2 (16), viola (14), cello (12), double bass (10)
    • Flute (2), piccolo (1), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
    • Clarinet Bb & A (2), bass clarinet (1), bassoon (2), contrabassoon (1)
    • French horn (5), trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone (1), tuba (1)
    • Timpani (1), percussion (3)

  • Queensland Youth Orchestra 2

    QYO’s second symphony orchestra, QYO2, is conducted by Sergei V Korschmin and offers 90 positions to advanced and intermediate musicians. Repertoire in 2017 includes works by Borodin, Dvořák, Vivaldi and Vaughan Williams. In 2018, QYO2 will perform in three concerts in the Concerts at Twilight series at the Old Museum Concert Hall and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.

    • 90-member symphony orchestra
    • Standard, advanced orchestral repertoire
    • Conductor:  Sergei V Korschmin (since 2002)
    • Rehearsals:  Saturdays 1.30pm-4.30pm at the Old Museum Building
    • Sectional tutorials:  selected Saturdays 1.30-3.30pm followed by rehearsal 4.00-5.00pm
    • Weekend music camp: Luther Heights, Coolum, Fri 2 to Sun 4 February 2018

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Min. AMEB Grade 6 (guide only)  
    • Violin min. AMEB Grade 7; Flute & Clarinet min. AMEB Grade 8 (guide only)  
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 23 years

    INSTRUMENTS
    • Violin 1 (16), violin 2 (16), viola (14), cello (12), double bass (10)        
    • Flute (2), oboe (2), clarinet Bb & A (2), bassoon (2)
    • French horn (5), trumpet (2), trombone (2), bass trombone (1), tuba (1) 
    • Timpani (1)
  • Queensland Youth Orchestra 3

    For many of its 80 members, QYO3 offers the first experience of playing in a full-sized symphony orchestra. Conductor Dr Bradley Voltz selects a variety of repertoire which includes original works for symphony orchestra and arrangements of film music and musicals. In 2018, QYO3 will perform three concerts in the Concert at Twilight series at the Old Museum Concert Hall, a concert at the Gold Coast and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC. For QYO3, positions are offered ‘within the section’ and seating orders are arranged by the conductor within the first few rehearsals and finalised at camp. Section leaders may be informed of their positions upon offers.

    QYO3 INFORMATION
    • 80-member symphony orchestra
    • Standard orchestral repertoire & arrangements
    • Conductor:  Dr Bradley Voltz (since 1998)
    • Rehearsals: Saturdays 1.15pm-4.00pm at the Old Museum Building
    • Sectional tutorials: on selected Saturdays during rehearsal times
    • Weekend music camp: QCCC Tamborine, Fri 9 to Sun 11 Feb 2018

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Min. AMEB Grade 5 (guide only)
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 23 years |

    INSTRUMENTS
    • Violin 1 (18), violin 2 (18), viola (16), cello (14), double bass (10)
    • Flute (2), piccolo (1), oboe (2), Bb clarinet (2), bassoon (2)
    • French horn (5), trumpet (2), trombone (2), bass trombone (1), tuba (1)• Percussion (2)

  • Junior String Ensemble

    The Junior String Ensemble is QYO’s youngest orchestra with 65 positions available to string players aged up to 15 years. Conductor Chen Yang programs a wide range of repertoire including his own arrangements of orchestral works, opera arias and ballet music. JSE performs in three Concerts at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall, a concert at the Gold Coast and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC. For JSE, positions are offered ‘within the section’ and seating orders are arranged by the conductor within the first few rehearsals and finalised at camp. Section leaders may be informed of their positions upon offers.

    JSE INFORMATION
    • 65-member string orchestra
    • Standard string repertoire & advanced arrangements
    • Conductor: Chen Yang (since 1991)
    • Rehearsals: Saturdays 8.45-11.30am at the Old Museum Building
    • Weekend music camp: QCCC Brookfield, Fri 2 to Sun 4 Feb 2018

    ELIGIBILITY 
    • Violin min. AMEB Grade 5 (guide only)
    • Viola & cello min. AMEB Grade 4 (guide only)
    • Double bass min. AMEB Grade 2 (guide only)
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 15 years

    INSTRUMENTS
    • Violin 1 (18), violin 2 (18), viola (12), cello (14), double bass (8)

  • Wind Symphony

    Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr Warwick Potter, is QYO’s leading wind orchestra, offering up to 75 positions for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players. WS performs major original works for wind orchestra, world premiéres and arrangements of symphonic and popular repertoire. Planned repertoire for 2018 includes music by Edward Elgar, Nigel Hess and Gustav Holst and a new premiére work from Zac Cassard and Katherine Summit. In 2018, WS will play in three Concerts at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.

    WS INFORMATION
    • 75-member wind orchestra
    • Advanced wind orchestra repertoire
    • Conductor:  Dr Warwick Potter (since 2010)
    • Rehearsals:  Fridays 7.00pm-9.30pm at the Old Museum Building
    • Sectional tutorials: on selected Fridays during rehearsal time
    • Weekend music camp:  Luther Heights, Coolum, Fri 2 to Sun 4 Mar 2018

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Min. AMEB Grade 7 (guide only)
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 23 years

     INSTRUMENTS
    • Flute (7), piccolo (2), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
    • Clarinet Bb (18), Eb soprano clarinet (1), Eb alto clarinet (1)
    • Bass clarinet (2), contrabass clarinet (1)
    • Bassoon (4), contrabassoon (1)
    • Alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (1), baritone saxophone (1)
    • French horn (4), trumpet (6), trombone (4), bass trombone (1), 
    • Euphonium (2), tuba (3)
    • Double bass (2) 
    • Percussion (5)

  • Wind Ensemble


    Wind Ensemble consists of school-aged woodwind, brass and percussion players seeking musical challenges in an advanced wind band. Conductor David Law programs classic works for wind orchestra (E.g. Holst and Vaughan Williams No.5 Suites), Australian works by composers such as Hultgren and Grainger, and new, contemporary works for band. In 2018, WE will play in three Concerts at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall, various workshops and special events, and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC.

    WE INFORMATION
    • 70-member wind orchestra
    • Intermediate & advanced wind orchestra repertoire
    • Conductor: David Law (since 2009)
    • Rehearsals: Fridays 6.00pm-8.30pm at the Old Museum Building
    • Sectional tutorials: on selected Fridays during rehearsal times
    • Weekend music camp:  Watson Park, Dakabin, Fri 23 to Sun 25 Feb 2018

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Min. AMEB Grade 4 (guide only)    
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 18 years

    WE INSTRUMENTS
    • Flute (9), piccolo (1)
    • Clarinet Bb (18), soprano clarinet (1), alto clarinet (1), bass clarinet (2)
    • Oboe (2), bassoon (2)
    • Alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (1), baritone saxophone (1)
    • French horn (5), trumpet (8), trombone (6), euphonium (2), tuba (2)
    • Double bass (2)
    • Percussion (8)

  • Big Band

    The QYO Big Band has 19 positions available for jazz musicians. Conductor Rafael Karlen programs advanced instrumental and vocal big band charts. Planned performances in 2018 include a Concert at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall, the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC, a performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club, other performances in South-east Queensland and a regional tour in July.

    BB INFORMATION
    • 19 piece jazz band
    • Standard & advanced big band repertoire
    • Conductor: Rafael Karlen (since 2013)
    • Rehearsals: Sundays 6.00pm-8.45pm at the Old Museum Building

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Min. AMEB Grade 6 (guide only)  
    • Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 23 years

     INSTRUMENTS
    • Alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (2), baritone saxophone (1)
    • Trumpet (4), trombone (3), bass trombone (1)
    • Rhythm guitar (1), electric or double bass (1)    
    • Piano (1), vocalist (1)
    • Drumkit (1), vibraphone (1)